Nanaimo's annual Harvest Festival, a celebration of local and sustainable eating, is coming around for the third time.
The one-day festival will take place in downtown's Old City Quarter on Wesley Street from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14.
The main attractions will be up to 10 food carts and trucks, 40 vendors, live music, a farmer's market and a petting zoo featuring baby farm animals.
Vendors this year include the VIU Campus Food Movement and the City of Nanaimo, which will be promoting its emerging regional food strategy.
Various other displays will highlight the rewards of eating locally.
The food vendors are not confirmed yet, but event spokesperson Kim Smythe said all the cuisine will undoubtedly be healthy and local.
Roots and blues performers Mount Benson Ceilidh Band, Gerry Barnum, Trinitude and Coombs Old Time Fiddlers will be performing during the day.
Smythe said there is always an emphasis on learning about urban agriculture and the local food movement.
"The highlight always seems to be the farmers markets," he said.
"Everybody's really attracted to them because it's a great time of year for them. The tables are always really bountiful and good looking."
Smythe said the festival's reach goes beyond ethical eating, and will include displays that highlight other aspects of sustainable living such as recycling and natural resource conservation. He encourages the public to "come on down, pet the lambs, buy the produce and learn about some new ways to eat."
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